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Ron Paul's son, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), addressed the Republican National Convention Wednesday, making the case for Mitt Romney and American liberty.

Paul continued the theme the convention, "we built it," by focusing most of his speech on the president's now-infamous "you didn't build that" remarks.

"Anyone who so fundamentally misunderstands American greatness is uniquely unqualified to lead this great nation," the younger Paul said.

"The engine of capitalism - the individual - is mightier than any collective."

Ron Paul, who never endorsed Romney, refused an invitation to speak at the RNC because, in part, he would have to clear his speech with Romney's campaign.

Rand Paul has endorsed Romney, though he still has some work to do to convince his father's passionate backers that he's ready to step into those shoes.

Rand, one of many GOP speakers preceding Paul Ryan's RNC speech last night, mentioned Romney only once during his speech (above), at the end.

"To lead us forward, away from the looming debt crisis, it will take someone who believes in America's greatness, who believes in and can articulate the American dream."

"Someone who has created jobs, someone who understands and appreciates what makes America great, someone who will lead our party and our nation forward."

"I believe that someone is our nominee: Governor Mitt Romney."

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John Rich and Clay Aiken missed each other on Celebrity Apprentice, with the country singer taking the title one season and the former American Idol finalist finishing second a year later.

And that's too bad because we can only imagine what fireworks may have exploded if these artists had actually done battle on national television.

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While watching last night's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Aiken Tweeted: "Playing drinking game with my brother now. We drink every time we see a black person on screen at the RNC convention #soberasamormon."

The slam didn't sit well with Rich, who quickly responded by calling out the singer on Twitter: "You should be ashamed for racist comments like THAT!WOW... Clay, you're better than that...I hope."

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivered the keynote address Tuesday at the Republican National Convention, talking leadership and emphasizing change.

He eventually mentioned presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, too.

Christie took his sweet time getting around to mentioning the nominee, but treated the crowd to a warmer, homier version than his traditional caricature.

Following a heartfelt speech by Ann Romney, which gave him a friendly audience already riding on a high, he more or less kept them on it with his "we did it" theme:

An unabashedly brash, pugnacious politician unafraid to tangle with hecklers at town hall meetings - or on vacation at the Jersey Shore - Christie instead started out with a gentle touch, evoking warm images of his mother and his family.

He never mentioned President Obama, and took 16 minutes until he said Mitt Romney's name, focusing most of the time on his own story and track record.

He cited New Jersey’s success - under his leadership, of course - as an example of winning the ideological battle between Republicans and Democrats.

“When I came into office, I could continue on the same path that led to wealth, jobs and people leaving the state, or I could do the job the people elected me to do - to do the important things,” he said, noting that he hails from a heavily Democratic state.

“There were those who said it couldn’t be done. The problems were too big, too broken to fix. But we were on a path we could no longer afford to follow.”

“We did it," he crowed more than once. "We ended an era of absentee leadership without purpose or principle in New Jersey. Now it’s time to end this era of absentee leadership in the Oval Office and send real leaders to the White House.”

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Ann Romney, the wife of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, addressed the party's convention last night to discuss life, challenges, and her husband.

"Tonight, I want to talk to you about love," the warm and engaging Mrs. Romney said, regaling the crowd with stories of the couple's courtship and marriage.

The goal of her speech: Help people understand the personal side of her husband, a successful and decent man but one who struggles to connect with voters.

Think she succeeded? Take a look below ...

Ann Romney's Republican National Convention speech was both an introduction of herself and a full-throated defense of her husband's character and values.

She touched on her struggles with multiple sclerosis and breast cancer. She defended his work ethic, saying, "I can tell you Mitt Romney was not handed success."

"This man will not fail," she said of her husband of 43 years, as the crowd in Tampa Bay Times Forum erupted with cheers and gave her a standing ovation.

Ann defended her husband's great success in business, offering a character testimonial to rebut attacks that paint him as aloof, wealthy and out-of-touch.

"Mitt doesn't like to talk about how he has helped others because he sees it as a privilege, not a political talking point," said the mother of five sons.

"We're no different than the millions of Americans who quietly help their neighbors, their churches and their communities. They don't do it so that others will think more of them. They do it because there is no greater joy."

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Brangelina's parents are not fans of President Barack Obama.

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney can count on Brad Pitt's mom Jane to vote for him ... and now Angelina Jolie's outspoken father Jon Voight too.

The 73-year-old actor and unabashed conservative is slamming President Barack Obama, comparing him to Venezuelan socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

Again, the man is not one to mince words.

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"The media has been taken over by this administration," Voight told The Daily Caller at the Republican National Convention this week in Tampa.

"It's not less than what has happened in Venezuela with Hugo Chavez, really, because you can't get the information through," Voight added.

"I'm giving you this because I want to get the press my opinion. You can put it in any way you want to. But, it's become pure propaganda."

"We should be appalled. America, guys, wake up. You should be appalled that they can get away with it. The Republican Party is a victim of a bias."

"It's been going on for all this time and it's getting worse and worse. Now this? Come on, people, stand up," added Jon Voight, who endorsed Romney.

"I think because of Gov. Mitt Romney's great talents, his great compassion, his great gifts of leadership, he's going to win this election," he said.

"The people are going to become aware of these qualities."

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Fuera de Serie, a Spanish magazine, has sparked controversy with its new cover depicting Michelle Obama as a 19th Century French slave. Seriously.

The First Lady of the United States' face is superimposed over "Portrait d'une négresse," a famous painting by French artist Marie-Guillemine Benoist.

The painting from 1800 depicted a female French slave in a headdress and white gown, one breast exposed. Now Michelle Obama is shown as such:

Michelle Obama Topless Slave Cover

The painting was finished just six years after France's abolition of slavery and has been regarded by art historians as a commentary on both sexism and racism.

Not surprisingly, the image has many critics in the U.S. and Europe wondering if the cover was designed to be more provocative than political ... ya think?!

For its part, the magazine lauds Michelle Obama as the "gran mujer" (great woman) behind her powerful husband. An excerpt of the cover story reads:

"In the shadow of the U.S. President is a person whose popularity ratings exceed those of Barack’s own. This person is none other than his wife Michelle."

"To find out how Michelle has managed to seduce the American people, [we] detail the secrets of a woman who has won [America's hearts]."

Many believe it smacks of racism and reinforces the historical denial of black female individuality, but artist Karine Percheron-Daniels stands by it.

In fact, she thinks Michelle would "love" the picture and would love to show it to Mrs. Obama one day. We wouldn't hold our breath if we were Karine.

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Todd Akin may have just met his match in Tom Smith, another Republican U.S. Senate candidate who made controversial remarks about rape this week.

Smith, who was ironically trying to distance himself from the Todd Akin legitimate rape controversy, likened pregnancy from rape to any conception outside marriage.

The Pennsylvanian said that while he condemns Akin's comment, he agrees that abortion should be banned without exceptions, including for rape.

Asked how he would handle a daughter or granddaughter getting pregnant as a result of rape, Smith said he had already "lived something similar to that."

"She chose life, and I commend her for that," he said. "She knew my views. But, fortunately for me, I didn't have to ... she chose the way I thought."

"Don't get me wrong, it wasn't rape." When a reporter asked Smith to clarify what kind of situation was similar, he said, "Having a baby out of wedlock."

Smith added, "Put yourself in a father's position. Yes, it is similar."

Smith's comment comes at an inconvenient time for Republicans, who've been scrambling to distract voters from the firestorm of controversy over Akin.

The Missouri candidate stated that when it's a "legitimate rape" women rarely get pregnant because "the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down."

Smith, who is challenging incumbent Sen. Bob Casey in the November election, told the media that he does not agree with Akin's remark on rape at all.

"He should have never said anything like that," Smith said, though the GOP official abortion position seems to be largely in line with both of theirs.

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The controversial new documentary 2016: Obama's America became a bona fide box office hit over the weekend, grossing $6.3 million and rallying conservatives in the run-up to the Republican National Convention this week in Tampa, Fla.

Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s film opened last month in just a few theaters, but has now earned over $9 million, tops among documentaries in 2012.

The anti-Barack Obama film offers a speculative, conservative vision of the President's second term, should he win one at the ballot box this November.

Spoiler alert: Said vision is not pretty.

2016: Obama's America has been advertised and promoted heavily on talk radio and was distributed to coincide with this week's Mitt Romney-led convention.

Reactions to the film have been predictably mixed, as the true believers in D’Souza's anti-Obama crusade will be even more fired up ... as will Obama supporters.

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Journey has been hired to perform at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday night, at a reported price of $500,000.

This doesn't necessarily mean they endorse Mitt Romney, however.

Journey Band Photo

"It's an RNC event, but not one to endorse any candidate or party," a source tells E! News.

"I believe Journey and also Zac Brown [also set to play Thursday] are described as nonpartisan but they aren't aware of any of the details themselves."

"To Journey, it's simple, one of hundreds of private [events] they get hired to do."

No word if everyone's favorite groupie Michaele Salahi will be on hand in Tampa.

Kid Rock, Trace Adkins, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Oak Ridge Boys and Lee Greenwood are also scheduled to perform at private events during the convention.

Sadly, no Dave Mustaine, Ted Nugent or Toby Keith at the RNC.

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Two-time Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul made full use of his final campaign rally on Sunday to take his final shots at an establishment that never quite delivered on promises to include him and his libertarian followers.

His rally at the University of Southern Florida's SunDome drew over 7,000 fans, an event staged in response to a Republican convention that will not include Paul.

Mitt Romney's campaign offered him a speaking slot at the national event this week on condition that he provide his remarks to them in advance for their approval.

Paul declined.

He'll still be honored in a video tribute on Tuesday night, but his convention presence - or lack thereof - was one of the first subjects Paul covered Sunday.

"Today I was very excited to get a call from the RNC," Paul said, before cracking a joke related to the weather-related postponement of Monday events.

"They said they changed their mind. They're going to give me a whole hour and I can say whatever I want - tomorrow night! Just kidding."

Paul directly referenced rules changes that may keep similarly insurgent delegates from succeeding in future elections, seeming stung by disappointment.

The RNC "learned how to bend rules, break rules, and now they want to rewrite the rules," the 77-year-old said. "That's what we have to stop."

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